Category Archives: Brazil

Brazil 2014: The fight is even fiercer off the pitch

By Atila Roque, Director at Amnesty International Brazil Brazil is about to host the biggest football frenzy on the planet, where teams from around the world fight for the Cup every fan wants to hold. But as Messi, Neymar and … Continue reading

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The military occupation of Maré ahead of Brazil’s World Cup

By Atila Roque, executive director of Amnesty International Brazil Early last Saturday morning (5 April 2014), the streets of Rio de Janeiro’s Maré complex of favelas (slums) woke up to a military occupation by around 2,700 federal Army troops. They … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples’ long, painful wait to go home

By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s General Secretary from Brazil. The Indigenous Peoples of Brazil have been waiting a quarter of a century to get their land back. That was when Brazil’s federal authorities made a promise to protect and restore … Continue reading

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Shades of pre-revolution Egypt in Brazil’s battle against impunity

By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International Yesterday I wrote about the issue of primary concern among the people living in Rio de Janeiro’s Maré slum – impunity.  Neither those involved  in organized crime – nor the police who … Continue reading

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Living without security in Rio’s largest favela

By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. One of several community leaders I met with today said it best, “Impunity is the mother of all violence.” I was listening to people from Maré speak about their experiences living in Rio … Continue reading

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